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Keep Your Child School-Ready Through Summer

Keep Your Child School-Ready Through Summer

While we always support taking well-deserved breaks and time for R & R, we also think it’s important to keep your children’s brains sharp. After all, we don’t want any summer setbacks or brain drains to occur after all the hard work their growing minds put in during the previous school year! To prevent your little ones’ brains from turning into complete pool noodles over the next few months, here are our 4 tips on how to have a fun, but still mentally stimulating summer break.

1.       Summer Camp but Make it Cool

There are so many options nowadays for summer camp programs, there is sure to be one for something your child is interested in! They range in topics from art, to science, robotics, photography, and more! Even a local YMCA summer camp will keep your child’s social skills up to par. Plus, it’s the perfect chance for children to experiment with trying a new hobby or interest thanks to short-term session commitments.

2.       Take a Tech Break

Despite digital learning being all the rage lately, it can be nice to give your eyes a break from all of the blue light a screen gives off. Go back to “old-school” activities that still incorporate numerical skills like board games and card games – your children won’t even notice they are working on counting, strategy, and money values!

3.       Train Your New Sous Chef

Getting your child excited about helping you out in the kitchen is a win-win for all! Not only are you teaching them critical life skills that will help them adapt to becoming an adult and caring for themselves, but this will also engage their motor skills and measuring skills by trying to follow a recipe closely. While it may make a mess in the beginning, you’ll be able to reap the awards of watching your child have fun and improve their fractions at the same time.

4.       Make Reading Fun

Reading capabilities and comprehension skills are some of the most common skills that tend to drop off the most during summer break. The solution? Reading for even as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day can keep your child’s synapses firing away while improving their vocabulary, creativity, and comprehensive skills. If your child is reluctant, try either reading to them, alternating passages while reading together, setting a book goal, or even reading your own book while seated next to them can help.

Plus, if they try any of the activities above, there’s reading snuck into several of them – reading game instructions, recipes, and more!

 

 

Since we can’t see our lovely scholars throughout summer, we hope these tips help you keep them on track to jump right back in come the Fall semester! Impact Christian Academy focuses on doing school differently. We focus on four core areas – academics, arts, altruism, and athletics. Among the best private schools in Jacksonville, FL, Impact Christian Academy was created for students in Jacksonville with a world-class educational experience while helping them excel in knowing God, finding freedom in their faith while discovering their purpose and making a difference in their community. Begin an application for your child today!

Finding Your Purpose During Black History Month

Finding Your Purpose During Black History Month

Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month.  It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the early 17th century to today, and has even begun to be recognized internationally in the last decade.

From civil rights trailblazers to activists, there have been many names that have become leaders in politics, culture, science, and more – like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks, just to name a few. These heroes have all made a huge difference in our society.  Impact wants our students to discover their purpose and make a difference in their community.

Get to Know God

Impact’s ability to segment dedicated time to better familiarize ourselves with the Bible and God’s teachings quells the excuses that we may tell ourselves, such as being too busy. These excuses have no room for validity anymore. We give students the chance to sit and study God’s messages and connect both to Him and with each other. Students are not left alone to navigate this journey, our passionate staff is there to help them understand and guide the way.

Discover Your Purpose

Earlier this month at Chapel, Min. Kellee Craig spoke about the importance of Purpose. It was an excellent reminder to consider the parts we must play, and what God requires of us. It is up to us to use His guidance to find out our personal purpose, and how we can best put it to use. Whether that is sharing our knowledge, art, leadership, or empathy, we can learn how to utilize our talents to make a difference within our families, friends, and communities, just as our Black History Month heroes have done. Here at Impact, we’ll help you leave your impact.

We encourage our students and families to participate in our Black History Month Hero campaign. We are accepting forms detailing who your Black History Month hero is and why! We’d love to hear who inspires you the most. Fill out and submit your form here.